February 12, 2016



Norman Huynh

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Music Director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony have announced the selection of Norman Huynh as the Symphony’s new Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Associate Conductor.

Huynh, who will make the move from one Portland to another, is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Portland, Maine, a position he has held for the past three seasons. He will be the Assistant Conductor at the Spoleto Festival USA this summer and has previously served as Assistant Conductor at Opera Carolina, the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, the Peabody Opera Theatre, and the Peabody Singers. He made his international conducting debut with the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra in Bangkok and has conducted symphonies in Baltimore, Toledo, Charlotte, Virginia, and Macon, in addition to the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. He received his Master’s Degree in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Edward Polochick. He was the recipient of the 2015 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship to study intensively with the late Kurt Masur in Leipzig, Germany. 

Selected from a group of over 50 applicants from around the world, Huynh impressed Music Director Carlos Kalmar with his musicality and ability to communicate. “Norman is a young conductor with great musical potential. He is versatile, clear in his ideas, and very charismatic. I am happy that he will join our Oregon Symphony family,” Kalmar noted.
Huynh will join the Symphony and assume the duties of Associate Conductor on August 1, 2016. Those duties include working closely with Music Director Carlos Kalmar, conducting School, Kids, and Special concerts, being prepared to substitute for any conductor at a moment’s notice, and participating in the day-to-day affairs of the Symphony including education and community engagement programs.

Learning of his selection as the Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Huynh commented: “I am honored to be chosen as the next Associate Conductor for the Oregon Symphony. I am greatly looking forward to working with Maestro Kalmar, as well as the phenomenal musicians and staff. Sharing my passion for music with people of all ages throughout Portland and the great state of Oregon is a privilege and one that I thank the Oregon Symphony for giving to me.”

He joins the Oregon Symphony at an auspicious time in its history. On stage, the orchestra is performing at an all-time high, evidenced by the recent Grammy Award nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for its latest CD, Spirit of the American Range, its third Grammy nomination in the last four years. That artistic achievement has spurred record-setting levels of ticket sales and contributions over the past two seasons. The recently announced 2016/17 Season, the Company’s 120th anniversary, evidences that strong growth with a 20 percent growth in the number of classical performances.  In addition to presenting subscription series of Classical, Pops, and Kids concerts, the Symphony also treats its avid regional audience to more than 25 Special Concerts that span the musical spectrum. Each season the Symphony shares the joy of music with over 200,000 people at the 2,780-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and in schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and other public places. 



Jim Fullan
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